Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
Many times I see people on the verge of success only to let it crumble only steps away from the victory line. Before reading this I would only scratch my head confused but now realize that many times it’s because their greatness is being revealed and its scares them.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?
In a world where darkness is celebrated as the norm, a ray of light not only frightens us but those around us. That light which should be celebrated is often shunned making it more comfortable for the person shining the light to return to the darkness.
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
When we discover this our fears don’t seem to matter much at all.
Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.
Probably my favorite section of the poem! How many times do we or others shrink because we think there is no way one person can change the world. There is greatness inside each one of us and if everyone didn’t stop until we discovered that individual greatness, imagine how much better this world would be?! Also, children shine in greatness and believe they have it in them. At what age do they stop believing there is greatness in them and why?
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone.
Keep searching and working to unveil the God-given greatness that is in each one of us.
And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
Many people are trapped in a world of mediocrity because of fear. Every time someone else has the courage to step out of their fear it causes a ripple affect of others who now have “permission” to overcome their fears. The catch is someone has to lead. Someone has to be the first one so that there is a blueprint for others to follow. Who will that be? Get off the couch, take a stand, and be the change so desperately needed in this world giving someone else the faith to overcome their fear!
Enjoy the journey, Steve Leurquin